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Hazel Adamson writes...I don't know about you, but I don't always see what is right in front of me. At least that is what Allan says! But really it is true; I can look for something only to realise it is staring me in the face. Seen yet unseen. I wonder if we are the same with Scripture.

Paul writes in 1 Corinthians 13:12 "now we see but a poor reflection.. then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known".
Our human tendency is we always want to know the answer before the working out!
Then again when we do see things, we don't always believe our eyes!

Take the disciples, they could hardly believe that even though they had seen Jesus hanging on a cross, dead; he had risen. He had appeared to them; spoken to them; eaten with them. And as Jesus leaves them for the last time, taken into the clouds (Acts 1:9-11) I can imagine them rubbing their eyes and looking again. Angels telling them that Jesus would return in the same way.

Almost unbelievable. And Jesus' last words were for them to wait in Jerusalem, and wait they did. They weren't disappointed!

The Holy Spirit came upon them (Acts 2) and manifested himself in a way that had them speaking in languages unknown to them; yet those around understood them. So filled with the power of Holy Spirit that when Peter spoke the gospel message, 3000 were brought into the kingdom. Wow, as preachers wouldn't that be amazing!

Now is a time for us to remind ourselves of the power of the Holy Spirit and of our need to listen to His voice,
His guidance, turning us toward repentance, to receive God's blessing.

As we celebrate Pentecost, the voice of the Holy Spirit is calling the faithful to prayer across the world.

27th May: www.globalrepent.com
28th May: grahamtouruk.billygraham.org/online-prayer-gathering
29th: May https://int.icej.org
30th May: a-day-of-prayer-unlock-the-gaol-may30th (live stream)

Yet, although we only see in part, or an obscured reflection, God wants us to bring people into his kingdom in faith. That is why He sent His Holy Spirit to be upon us and within us — to inspire us, lead us, empower us.

So do we 'see' the Bible and God's message within its pages? Is it time to look afresh?

This lockdown has closed churches, but it hasn't closed God from us or separated us from the love of Jesus, or diminished the work of the Holy Spirit.

Is this a God-given time to reflect on His word, strengthen our faith, ready to move forward in the power of the Holy Spirit, ready to share this amazing message with others.

Ephesians 5:16-17 says "make the most of your time".

Our faith grows by reading and hearing God's word and by saying His name. God has many names. Which name will you call him by? El Shaddai — The Almighty God?

To 'see' all that God has in store for us would be too much for us to take in; yet, by offering us hope scripture tells us that we shall wear the crown of life (James 1:12), we will be above the angels (1 Corinthians 6:3), we shall have a glorious body (Philippians 3:20-21). We shall live in God's new universe — the New Jerusalem (Revelation 21 & 22). Nature will be returned to its pre-sin perfection.(Rev' 22:3)

Enough however, is revealed to challenge and encourage us through the darkest or difficult of times. Through our Father God, our Saviour Jesus the Christ and by the power of the Holy Spirit, we are to be encouraged and our faith strengthened.

Hopefully we will have 'seen' more of his glory these last few months and will feel his power.

Reading: 1 John 3: 1-3
Song: Spirit of the Living God 612 MP

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